Do you ever worry that your young child might put their hand on the stove while it’s still hot? Doesn’t bear thinking about, does it? So dangerous. That’s why we like induction stoves – you just don’t have that problem.
Once the pot or pan is removed from the stove, there’s no heat being conducted whatsoever! And no naked flame. But that’s certainly not all there is to love about them – they’re great for setting to just one temperature without having to worry about boiling water spilling over the top. Plus they heat up in virtually no time at all.
We’ve been checking out some of the best induction stoves on the market, and we’ve hand-picked some of our top favorites to show you. That’s coming up very shortly. After that, we’ve also got a handy buying guide for you which runs through some key things to think about before you buy.
You might also want to stick around for our section at the end where we tackle some of your most frequently asked questions on the subject. Just a quick heads up – in this article we use the terms induction stove and induction cooktop interchangeably. And we’re looking at cooktops only, and not ovens with induction cooktops built-in.
And without further ado…
NOXTON Electric Induction Cooktop Stove
As 4-burner induction cooktops go, this one is hands down our favorite. It has made the bestseller list with online retailers in the category of countertop burners, and customer feedback has been very favorable. What we love about this induction stove is that it features four high-power burners, two at 2000 watts, and two at 1200 watts.
Having this many burners makes cooking for a family easy, you can keep different types of food separately so you don’t inadvertently end up serving peas to someone who hates them. Each burner is independently operable, meaning you can have one or more burners cooking low and slow, while you can cook other items quickly on high heat.
There are 9 different power settings, and temperature settings ranging from 140 degrees to a whopping 600 degrees Fahrenheit. You can switch to different modes as needed, including boiling, stewing, and frying, all via the very intuitive control panel at the front. It has several great safety features, such as overheating protection, child safety locks on the controls, and an automatic shut-off.
It even has rounded edges. So that’s several fewer things to worry about. We also love how low profile it is on the countertop. When it’s not in use, you won’t notice it’s there. As with any other induction cooktop, it looks sleek and stylish and is a breeze to wipe clean after use. You can use it with an array of different cookware, including iron (cast iron or enameled), stainless steel, and alloy pans.
And if there is no pan on the hob, the burner will not heat up. We’ll be the first to admit that this induction stove is more expensive than its double or single burner counterparts, but we would still argue that it’s good value for money.
|4 independently operable burners.||There aren’t so many peer reviews of this stove on the net.|
|Wide range of temperature settings.||It’s more expensive than double or single burner induction stoves.|
|Several different safety features.|
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Duxtop LCD Portable Double Induction Cooktop
If you simply do not have the space for a 4-burner induction cooktop, then this beauty could be your best alternative. It is a double induction cooktop featuring two independently operable burners. It has also made the bestseller list with online retailers in the category of countertop burners, and been met with incredibly positive customer feedback, with more than three-quarters of Amazon customers rating it at a full 5 stars out of 5.
Even after well over 700 individual ratings. Using the stove couldn’t be easier. Each burner has its own control panel and LCD display. You simply choose from power mode or temperature mode, then use the plus or minus buttons to change the power or temperature levels. We recommend using the power mode for boiling, warming, and making cooking sauces, and using the temperature mode for frying, deep-frying, and sautéing.
And if you’re in a rush you can take advantage of the fast boil button to bring a pan of water to a quick boil. But what we really love about this induction stove is that it’s portable. You can take it with you in your RV, or cook your food out on your balcony. It has a child safety lock system to protect children from scalding.
But that’s not the only safety feature. It also has a power-sharing feature, designed to avoid electrical overload. But better yet, this also has the added benefit of increasing the stove’s efficiency. As with any other induction cooktop, it looks sleek and stylish and is a breeze to wipe clean after use.
You can use it with an array of different cookware, including iron (cast iron or enameled), stainless steel, and alloy pans. And if there is no pan on the hob, the burner will not heat up. If you were to buy this stove via our link to Amazon (just click “Check Price”), you can also opt to buy compatible cookware set with it.
|2 independently operable burners.||You can only apply a maximum of 1800 watts.|
|Great customer ratings & feedback.||The Duxtop induction burner uses 120 Volts, 15 amp of electricity.|
|Compact & portable, take anywhere.|
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Schönes Bauen Nuremberg 1600W Induction Cooktop
Now, this is an induction stove that has gone down really well with customers. More than three-quarters of Amazon customers rating it at a full 5 stars out of 5. Even after well over 200 individual ratings. Moreover, these customers scored the stove at a full 5 stars out of 5 for temperature control, heat distribution, and safety features.
Not bad hey? What we love about this particular induction stove is how you can choose whether to use it as a portable cooktop or have it built into your kitchen countertop. It’s very compact and easy to stow away when not in use. Perfect if you don’t have much space in your kitchen. It has two independently operable burners, each of the same size.
There are very few buttons for each burner to worry about. And they’re very intuitive too. The stove has a timer that exceeds 2 hours, so you can cook foods low and slow if that’s how you like it done. And there’s a standard temperature range of 140 to 460 degrees Fahrenheit. We like that the control panels are water-resistant because if you inadvertently get some water splashed on it, it’s not going to ruin your stove. As with any other induction cooktop, it looks sleek and stylish and is a breeze to wipe clean after use.
You can use it with an array of different cookware, including iron (cast iron or enameled), stainless steel, and alloy pans. And if there is no pan on the hob, the burner will not heat up. It may not be the most affordable double induction cooktop on the market, but we would still argue that it comes at a very good price, giving great value for money.
|Available at great price.||Maximum power will be split when using two burners at the same time.|
|Portable and compact.||This electric cooktop supports up to 44 lbs/ 20 kg only.|
|Have it built into countertop.|
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Schönes Bauen Essen Countertop Induction Cooktop
If you feel you only need one burner, perhaps you live alone or like to make one-pot dinners, then this should be the one you go for. It’s available at an excellent price – a fraction of what you’d spend on a 4-burner or 2-burner. And a real space saver too. Better yet, it’s also portable. Perfect for taking in your RV.
And although it packs away very compactly when not in use, when you do want to use it, there’s a 22 cm diameter burner, able to accommodate most sizes of pots and pans. There are only 6 buttons to be concerned about: on/off, lock, plus, minus, menu and timer. So it really couldn’t be any simpler to use.
And the buttons are water-resistant, so that’s one less thing to worry about. It has a very good temperature, starting as low as 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and going up to 460 degrees Fahrenheit. So there’s plenty of versatility there for your cooking. Moreover, the timer stretches to nearly 3 hours, which is great if you like to cook anything low and slow, like a nice stew.
As with any other induction cooktop, it looks sleek and stylish and is a breeze to wipe clean after use. You can use it with an array of different cookware, including iron (cast iron or enameled), stainless steel, and alloy pans. And if there is no pan on the hob, the burner will not heat up. It’s had very positive customer feedback, with almost 80% of Amazon customers rating it at a full 5 stars out of 5.
|Bargain affordable price.||Only has the one burner.|
|Great temperature range.||programable timer from 1 to 170 minutes only.|
|Excellent customer ratings.|
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Sandoo Induction Cooktop
Here’s another great induction cooktop, and it’s available at an excellent price too! Customers love it – they’ve rated it very highly for a number of features, including safety features, easy to clean, easy to use, and temperature control. It features two independently operable burners, and as such, takes up much less space than its 4 burner counterparts.
The left burner can go to a power level of a whopping 1800 watts, while the right burner is more modest, able to go up to 700 watts. You can choose from power mode or temperature mode. There are 6 power levels and 6 temperature levels. The temperature range starts at 300 degrees Fahrenheit and goes up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. So, if you wanted to keep a pan on low heat, say for melting chocolate, you’d have to use power modes rather than temperature modes.
We also love that it has a “keep warm” function which is perfect for keeping food warm once cooked until all your guests have arrived. And it’s a great stove for cooking things low and slow, like stews, thanks to the timer that lasts almost 10 hours. Its safety features include that all-important child lock, cookware detection, automatic shut down, and overheating protection. (There are more but we won’t list all the others.)
Although you’re expected to install the table legs yourself, not only do you get all the hardware you need to be included in the box, but you also get a screwdriver too! We like that you can put it on your legs because it means you can store crockery underneath until you are ready to plate up.
As with any other induction cooktop, it looks sleek and stylish and is a breeze to wipe clean after use. You can use it with an array of different cookware, including iron (cast iron or enameled), stainless steel, and alloy pans. And if there is no pan on the hob, the burner will not heat up. Sandoo also backs up their product with a 12-month warranty. Good to know.
|Excellent customer ratings & reviews.||Right burner can only go to maximum power of 700 watts.|
|2 independently operable burners.||Maximum power will be split when using two burners at the same time.|
|Backed by a 12-month warranty.||It doesn’t come fully assembled and you will have to install the table legs yourself.|
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As promised, here’s your buying guide. Here are the key things to think about before you buy.
Number Of Cooking Zones
We would argue that the more cooking zones you have on your induction stove, the better. If you have a stove with the standard 4 cooking zones, you can have up to 4 pots and pans on the go all at the same time. That way, everyone gets fed, and all the elements of your meal can all be made ready to eat at the same time.
Having plenty of cooking zones certainly makes it easier to feed larger families of 4 or more people, or for entertaining guests. It’s especially handy if your kids bring home their friends as guests. On the flip side, however, if you can’t accommodate a 4 burner induction stove because you don’t have enough space on your kitchen countertop, then you will have to go with something smaller, like a 2 burner stove.
But then if you live on your own, you might decide that a 1 burner stove is all you really need, especially if it means you can save a significant amount of money. Incidentally, induction stoves with multiple burners often have burners of different sizes, which means you can have a large frying pan while cooking some nice sides in a smaller pot or pan.
For best results, the burners should be independently operable. If not, well then there’s little point in having separate burners.
We’re big fans of safety features. It’s because of the safety aspect that we like induction stoves so much anyway. Typical safety features include child locks, which lock the control settings in place, so they can’t get tampered with or changed or turned up while you’re cooking.
We also love residual heat indicators, where the cooking zone remains red when the pan is removed, indicating that it’s still hot. This way you can see at a glance whether it’s safe to touch, or whether to keep your small child away. You can get other safety features besides, but these two are the main ones.
|Best Induction Stoves||Title||Price||Prime||Reviews|
|NOXTON Electric Induction Cooktop Stove||Prime||See Reviews On Amazon|
|Duxtop LCD Portable Double Induction Cooktop||Prime||See Reviews On Amazon|
|Schönes Bauen Nuremberg 1600W Induction Cooktop||Prime||See Reviews On Amazon|
|Schönes Bauen Essen Countertop Induction Cooktop||Prime||See Reviews On Amazon|
|Sandoo Induction Cooktop||Prime||See Reviews On Amazon|
Other features you might want to consider are a “keep warm” function, so you can keep your foods warm once cooked while you wait for guests to arrive. Or a long-lasting timer, so you can cook food low and slow and get your meats really nice and tender.
Several well-known brands have turned their hand to making induction stoves, but in making our shortlist, we concentrated on ones that went down best with customers rather than simply how well known the brand was. Incidentally, one brand was deemed good enough to take up two places in our shortlist, and that was Schönes Bauen.
Induction stoves can vary quite considerably in price, from as little as $45 to about $500. So, our advice as always is to check the prices as you go along. That way you can learn what your money buys you, and make a good, well-informed decision about how much your budget should be.
One of the biggest determinants of the price of an induction stove is the number of burners. As a general rule, the more burners on the stove, the more expensive the stove.